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Privacy Policy

McMinnville Public Library


The McMinnville Public Library recognizes the need to protect your right to privacy regarding the questions you ask and the materials you borrow or use in the library.  All library records relating to your use of the library and its resources are confidential

(ORS 192.503).  Such records, whether print or electronic, include, but are not limited to, library card registration records, circulation records, computer reservation records and reserve requests.


The library keeps the minimum number of records necessary for maintaining operations. Library records are disclosed only:


  • Upon written request or consent of the borrower upon presentation of a library card or library card number


  • Upon request of a parent or legal guardian of a child under 16 years of age who presents that library card or library card number at the time of inquiry.


  • Under a written court order, subpoena or search warrant presented by a documented official and then only with the express consent of the Library Director and the City Attorney.


All other patron usage is kept for statistical purposes only and no identifying information is retained.  Computer sign-up sheets, materials recommendation requests, interlibrary loan requests and other such documents are destroyed after that information is collected.


Patron records include only current information such as:  items currently checked out, items on hold and overdue materials and fines.  The library does not maintain a history of what a customer has previously checked out once materials have been returned. 


A library user may bring in a valid library card belonging to another person and be allowed to pick up materials on hold, check out materials and pay fines that are outstanding on that card.


Protecting the privacy of children is especially important to us.  We attempt to minimize exposure of children’s personal information when possible by using children’s first names only when promoting library events.



                                                                                    Jill Poyer, Library Director

                                                                                    Revised:   February 2005